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Bonanza - The Ape

by NBC



Set in Nevada in the 1860's, Bonanza chronicled the adventures of the Cartwright family who owned a large ranch called The Ponderosa. Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss, and Joe fought for what was just and decent in a time where lawlessness was common.

The widowed patriarch Ben Cartwright had three sons, each by a different wife: the oldest was the urbane architect Adam Cartwright, who built the ranch house. The second was the warm and lovable giant Eric, better known by his nickname "Hoss." And the youngest was the hotheaded and impetuous Joseph or "Little Joe." They all lived and worked on The Ponderosa. Nearby Virginia City helped populate the episodes with guest starring characters from all over America.

Broadcast between September 1959 and January 1973. Filmed by the National Broadcasting Company at Paramount Studios.


"The Ape"
Season 2
Episode 14
Hoss decides to help Arnie, a man who has never learned to control his great strength. Things seem to be working out until Arnie falls for a saloon girl. Hoss realizes that he is facing an uphill battle to help Arnie lead the kind of life that he has always wanted.


Run time 49:24
Producer NBC
Audio/Visual sound, color

Reviews

Reviewer: benkid77 - - September 16, 2012
Subject: Of Mice and Apes
It's always good to see Leonard Nimoy in roles other than that of Spock, as he's a really versatile actor. Although, he's essentially got a minor role in this one as a manipulative card shark, he plays the part well.

The episode belongs to Arnie (played by Cal Bolder) and Hoss though. The scenes showing the true friendship between these two men are thoughtfully done, even though you can see that it's ultimately all going to end in vain.

Again, we are shown that the Cartwrights always do the right thing by helping out strangers. They always give people the benefit of the doubt and are willing to give any drifter a genuine chance to build a new life for themselves. However, as we know by now, it usually ends in some sort of disaster, and more often than not people end up dead!

It's a really good episode though, which is unsurprising as it clearly has its roots in such a classic American novel.
Reviewer: Donfield - - November 29, 2011
Subject: Of Mice and Men Bonanza style
Dan Blocker gets another chance to shine as Hoss befriends a slow-witted Samson who can't control his temper. Leonard Nimoy is featured as a slimey cardshark. Cal Bolder plays the simple-minded, but potentially dangerous Arnie. A few years later, Bolder would also appear in Star Trek's "Friday's Child." In another Trek coincidence, the episode was written by Gene L. Coon.

Familiar title theme replaced by what sounds like a Duane Eddy tune.
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